Adult Programs

NOTE: All Elm Grove Library programs have been cancelled through April 23.  

CANCELLED - The Discovery of Magic

Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Magician and storyteller William Pack cracks open the magic history scrapbooks to reveal a secret world of colorful characters, amusing adventures, and arcane knowledge. MEET astonishing magicians who made the impossible possible. EXPLORE incredible behind-the-scenes stories you will never forget. WONDER at recreations of the baffling magic tricks behind the stories. Don’t miss this one-night only performance (with magic tricks) from one of the best presenters around. Free to attend. No registration required.

CANCELLED - 10 Mistakes I Made in My Vegetable Garden So You Don’t Have To

Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

If you’re not getting real results from your garden, then gardening isn’t as rewarding of a pastime as it could be. Although trial and error is often a part of the gardening experience, you can skip over some of the beginner mistakes and move straight to the more advanced ones! Megan Cain will share the top 10 mistakes she’s made in her (and others’) gardens so you can avoid them in your own and have lots more fun and success each season. Free to attend. No registration required.

About the speaker: Megan Cain is the founder of The Creative Vegetable Gardener and the Flavorful Life Garden Club, and author of the books, Super Easy Food Preserving and Smart Start Garden Planner. Her popular blog was nominated by Better Homes and Gardens as one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2016.

CANCELLED - Intergenerational Book Club 

Thursday, April 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Lower Level

Want to read with your family and have a fun night out? Take part in our Intergenerational Book Club, presented by Elmbrook Schools, Bridges Library System, and the Elm Grove and Brookfield Public Libraries. The event takes place on Thursday, April 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the lower level of the library. Bring your family to talk about books and create projects together! Includes hands-on activities and snacks!

Free Books - The featured book for this Intergenerational Book Club is Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario. It’s the story of a young Honduran boy’s dangerous odyssey to reunite with his mother. Free books are available while supplies last. To get your free book, visit the Elm Grove or Brookfield Public Libraries or any public school in the Elmbrook School District. Books are also available at your public and school library or in eBook on Overdrive/Sora or the Libby app!

  • ADULTS: Enrique’s Journey by Pulitzer Prize winning author Sonia Nazario
  • YOUNG ADULTS: Enrique’s Journey (The Young Adult Adaptation) by Sonia Nazario
  • CHILDREN: Where Are You From? (picture book) by Yamile Saied Mendez

What to Expect - Join us alone or bring friends and family members!

  • Short Presentation
  • Hands-on activities for kids
  • Small group discussions
  • A learning experience related to the timely topic of immigration in the U.S.
  • Refreshments and childcare provided

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CANCELLED - The Wisconsin Story

Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m. Community Room

Learn about the events and people that shaped Wisconsin’s past. Author Dennis McCann will share stories from his new book, The Wisconsin Story: 150 People, Places, and Turning Points that Shaped the Badger State and give us an answer to the question, “What makes Wisconsin, Wisconsin?” Free to attend. No registration required.

Go Gwen Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Waukesha native Gwen Jorgensen was the first American triathlete, male or female, to win Olympic Gold. When she claimed Olympic Gold in Rio in 2016, a nation celebrated. None were happier than her devoted family.

Join us as mother Nancy Jorgensen and sister Elizabeth Jorgensen visit the library to talk about Gwen and their new book, Go, Gwen, Go: A Family’s Journey to Olympic Gold. The duo will discuss the team effort behind Gwen’s amazing achievements and will sell and sign copies of their book. The event is free to attend; no registration required.

The book brings readers into the worlds of Olympic training, professional coaching, international travel, sponsor funding, anti-doping requirements, athlete nutrition, and sports physiotherapy. It recounts how Gwen dealt with the transition from CPA in Milwaukee to professional athlete, balancing training and global competitions with family crises and commitments.

What’s It Worth? Antique Appraisals and Tips on Downsizing

Tuesday, May 5, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Wondering if that old keepsake has any value? Trying to decide what to keep and not as you prepare to downsize? Certified appraiser and antique dealer Cheri Riehle and downsizing specialist Kathy Schultz are here to help!

This unique event will feature antique valuations by Cheri Riehle, where you’ll “find out what it’s worth” from a CAGA Certified Appraiser. Kathy Schultz from Caring Transitions of Waukesha County will also be on hand with tips on downsizing, including what to keep, what to re-home, and how to de-clutter. This program aims to help families make informed decisions on what to do with their cherished items and reduce the stress of life transition…with the exciting element of antique appraisals!  

NOTE: Anyone is welcome to attend this free event. If you would like to have an antique appraised, you must register your appraisal in advance. One appraisal per family. Only a limited number of appraisals will be conducted. Registration for appraisals begins at the library on April 13.

Identity Theft: Protect and Prevent

Wednesday, May 20, 1:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

Identity theft continues to be the fastest growing crime in the United States. The more you learn about it, the less vulnerable you are. The Wisconsin Bureau of Consumer Protection will explain the different types of identity theft, how to recognize it and how to prevent it – including information about Fraud Alerts and Security Freezes. Receive tips for safeguarding personal information and how to spot the red flags of a scam. You will also be given helpful brochures to take home with you. Free to attend. No registration required. 

About the speaker: Jeff Kersten is the Agency Liaison for the Bureau of Consumer Protection within the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. As the Agency Liaison, Jeff travels around the state to educate the public, businesses and law enforcement on the importance of privacy protection and data security. Jeff has over 12 years of experience as a police officer and is a prior Consumer Protection Investigator for the Bureau of Consumer Protection.

E-Cigarettes and Vaping: Know Your Risks

Wednesday, May 27, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

An urgent overview of an emerging epidemic. This informational program covers what E-Cigarettes are, their health risks, the factors that have contributed to the current vaping crisis, and what can be done about it. Presented by a registered nurse and a health educator, and sponsored by the Waukesha County Public Health Division, don’t miss this important presentation. Free to attend. No registration required.

Abraham Lincoln: A New Birth of Freedom

Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

The story of our 16th president, centering on the 12 turbulent years from 1854-1865, when the slavery issue came to a head and nearly broke the nation apart. Hear about the historical background, the events which led Mr. Lincoln back into politics in the mid-1850s, the ever-escalating increase in tensions, Lincoln’s election as President, and the Civil War. You’ll hear directly from some of Mr. Lincoln’s best-known speeches and writings, and you will be inspired to hope as he did for a "new birth of freedom" for our country. Free to attend. No registration required. Presented by Kevin Wood.

Memory Screening Day, presented by the Waukesha County ADRC

Friday, June 5, 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Library Study Room

A memory screen is a wellness tool that helps identify possible changes in memory and cognition. It’s free and it only takes 15 minutes! You’ll receive immediate results as well as information about Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, you’ll be able to talk with a Dementia Care Specialist about available resources, and about brain health and ways to stimulate your brain. These free memory screens are offered by the Waukesha County Aging & Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and presented by Jennifer Harders, a Dementia Care Specialist for Waukesha County.

Call Jennifer Harders at the Waukesha ADRC to schedule your memory screen, 262-548-7848.

Understanding Medicare

Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 p.m. O’Neill Room

As you approach Medicare eligibility, or if you are currently a Medicare enrollee who wants to understand your benefits, you will soon realize the complexities and confusion that often come with the Medicare program. You’ll receive unbiased answers to your questions from Tracy Lipinski, a Medicare Outreach Specialist, in conjunction with the Waukesha County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC). There is no connection to an insurance agency, no sign-in sheet, no personal information collected. This presentation will cover the following: 

  • Overview of Medicare Part A, B, C, and D coverage as well as Medicare Supplements 
  • Delaying Medicare Enrollment 
  • Enrollment and Eligibility Deadlines 
  • Qualifying for Extra Help to pay for Prescription Drug Costs 
  • Wisconsin SeniorCare (drug program) 

Remember, the better informed you are, the better decisions you can make! Free to attend. No registration required.

If These Walls Could Talk—The Stories of the Notre Dame Cathedral

Wednesday, June 17, 7:00 p.m. O’Neill Room

The Notre Dame Cathedral is much more than a place to gather and pray. Its original purpose was to instruct the illiterate public on the Bible stories through the sculptures, stained glass windows and paintings. 

Through a PowerPoint presentation Dr. Lorrie Wenzel will share the art and imagery, the stories over the years, as well as the future facing the Cathedral after the recent fire. What is lost and what is able to be salvaged? Having spent over 50 hours in the Cathedral, she has a unique perspective on its artistry and importance to the French and travelers from all over the world. Free to attend. No registration required.